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We have broadcast TV, and we have content you can stream from the internet. But now one channel is combining the two.

PBS Kids is a free 24/7 channel that will offer TV broadcasts alongside game streaming, so children can put into practice what they just learned. We say "will" because the games section of the service hasn't launched yet. It will come later in the year.

PBS says these games will help children learn much faster by being active, rather than just watching TV passively. It's carried out research that "demonstrates measurable gains in learning" when children interact with the PBS Kids video and game content.

So what is there to watch? Staples include 'Bob the Builder', 'Dinosaur Train', 'Wordgirl' and 'Sesame Street'.

Starting in April, the channel will also debut PBS Kids Family Night – a weekly family viewing event featuring movie specials or themed programming every Friday from 7 to 9pm.

The channel is US-only, but it's a very interesting development. Sky, Virgin Media and the BBC have all launched kids' apps recently, so it's obviously an area of investment. Could we see a similar service that combines broadcast TV with educational game streaming in the UK? We'll have to wait and see.

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